More than 12,000 premises in Offaly in need of High Speed Broadband

One third of properties in the county in need under the National Broadband Intervention Plan

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More than 12,000 premises in Offaly are in need of High Speed Broadband

More than 12,000 premises in Offaly are in need of High Speed Broadband

More than 12,000 premises in Offaly are in need of High Speed Broadband and are dependent on the National Broadband Plan according to figures from Ibec.

The figures show that the 12,317 premises are  in need under the National Broadband Intervention Plan which equates to 33.5% of the premises in the county. That leaves Offaly ranked as the 11th county on the list based on the percentage of premises in need.

Leitrim is top of the table for broadband intervention with 50.6% and 11287 premises in need. Monaghan is second while Roscommon is ranked third.

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Unsurprisingly Dublin is the least dependent on the National Broadband Plan with only 1.5% of premises on the list. Louth ranks second best with 14.2% in need.

Commenting on the results Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today urged the Government to proceed with the procurement process for the National Broadband Plan (NBP) as soon as possible and to avoid further delay through a review.

Ibec CEO Danny McCoy said the delivery of the NBP was a critical infrastructural need for regional development and the time had come for the State to act.

“Over the coming weeks, as Government launches the National Planning Framework and the 10-year capital plan, there will be lots of focus on the opportunities for regional development and prosperity. But without the availability of high speed broadband, this will struggle to become the reality.

“You cannot have effective regional development without high speed broadband. Successful rollout of the NBP is essential to bring high speed broadband to the 23% of homes and businesses in the State that are not commercially viable for the private sector to service directly. Without access to world class broadband, our regions cannot be expected to develop and nurture the next generation of indigenous start-ups and SMEs.

“This is an issue of national importance and so the business community hopes that Government will push ahead with the process without delay.”